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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Fab or Fug: Brogues for Her

Apparently the MoS girls need a lot of help making up our minds today- we're getting a little fuzzy what with all this snow! First there was ScarJo's LA home, and now we're feeling positively confounded by this sudden trend in menswear-inspired ladies' shoes. Classic oxfords and brogues usually relegated to his closet are being scaled down and peddled to women, and we're not quite sure what to make of it.

Have you noticed brogues and oxfords popping up more frequently? Upon opening the new J Crew catalog I spied the Camden Brogue...
 

Where we'd normally see ballet flats or heels, J Crew is swapping in the brogue; for example, styled here with destroyed, rolled up jeans.

Shoe seller to the masses Steve Madden has his own version, the Melin, in a variety of colors (and I can already tell you I'll be skipping the two tone)!

      

Generally when The Sartorialist posts a certain look I know I have to give it some consideration. A little global inspiration is good for everyone. I'd trade outfits with this woman in a second.


Really loving Joie's relaxed, laceless version (left). And we much prefer the menswear-inspired oxfords to those that enter the realm of a glorified jazz shoe, like Joan and David's (right).
  

On Net-a-Porter you'll find classic Church's brogues, styled in a more menswear-inspired fashion. I can see this working on women who can rock that that gamine look- super skinny, polished, and poised, a la Audrey Hepburn. And Carey Mulligan.
Church's Patent Burwood brogues   Church's Patent Burwood brogues

Jil Sander's laceless slip-on brogues in white leather...well those might take a bit more creativity to get away with. After all, if they don't even look good on the model....
Jil Sander Leather slip-on brogues  Jil Sander Leather slip-on brogues

Although Sienna's doing an ok job in a similar style here. Love her or hate her, IMHO, the girl can dress. She always looks effortlessly put together.

So what are you thinking about brogues and oxfords? Leave them in your husband's closet? Or give them a whirl and let your ballet flats have the day off?

10 comments:

Kelly Green said...

They look good on Sienna (as would a paper bag!) but I think I will keep my ballet flats for now.......KG

Barbara said...

A trip down memory lane...I wore this trend 20 years ago when it wasn't really a trend...I had a fabulous pair of Ralph Lauren oxfords that were canvas and leather. I wore them with everything!! I'm excited to see these being done with a new twist (no laces, hurrah!) and am searching for my perfect pair as we speak. You won't catch me wearing them with floaty skirts as shown in Lucky mag, but I will take you up on the oxford/boyfriend jean/feminine shirt or shrunken blazer combo. It's nice to have another low-heel shoe alternative to the simple flat.

MoS Charlotte said...

Great post!! I am loving the oxfords from Pour la Victoire that were recently featured in Lucky. I think the cutaway (less clunky) style is so cute! I never dreamed I would like a shoe like this, but they are really growing on me! Mama might have to get a new pair of shoes...

Jamie said...

I'm so sorry, but...I really hate this trend. With the rare exception of wearing them with a bootcut jean, so that at least some of the shoe is covered, I vote no.

inthetweeds said...

I'm with Jamie - I hate this trend! I mean if the shoes don't look flattering on Sienna (and I don't think they do), they can't be flattering on anyone! They're totally awkward in my opinion!

Sit. Relax. Gossip. said...

I'd definitely be into this trend if I could find the perfect pair AND if I could pull it off like the pictured lady from The Sartorialist.

mamacita said...

Cute and practical gets a thumbs up from me. We all need a little change every now and then. And this is one that women over 30 can participate in.

Pemberley said...

I'm going to pass. While I think they look great on Sienna I have a feeling that I would look like a clown. I had a pair of black and white ones back in the 80's when the men's wear craze was happening, but I was in high school so who cared what I looked like.

Windlost said...

I have always loved any masculine elements like that, and nothing beats a cool, comfy shoe. I prefer them with jeans and a suit jacket.

Katie B said...

I've actually been itching for some oxfords lately...this post increases my desire. Even though I love ballet flats, I really need another option. I posted recently a selection of tan, taupe, and gray ones that I've been thinking about...http://www.the30girl.com/2010/01/tan-taupe-or-grey-oxfords-pick-one-for.html...if you want to help me out with a decision:)

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